Highway reopened after four-car crash snarls traffic in Taylor

No one was injured following a four-vehicle accident in the heart of Taylor early this morning.

Fort St. John RCMP confirm the accident happened around 6:45 a.m. in a construction zone where crews are currently working on $2.9 million in upgrades around the Pine Avenue intersection. There are currently no shoulders along a stretch of the highway, and a there is a steep drop on both sides of the highway where new turning and merging lanes are being built.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says a southbound dump truck was crowding the centre lane of Highway 97 trying to avoid construction work, which ended up causing two northbound vehicles to swerve into the ditch.

The dump truck also sideswiped a third vehicle, Shelkie said.

“Everybody walked away, nobody was transported to hospital, that’s really positive,” said Chief Alan Stebbing of Taylor Fire Rescue.

The accident snarled traffic for a few hours as tow trucks worked to clear the pile up, but the highway is now clear, said Stebbing.

Shelkie said speed is not considered to be a factor, and the driver of the dump truck was written a ticket for failing to keep left of the centre lane.

Stebbing said construction will be taking place on the highway throughout the summer both at Pine Avenue and the South Taylor Hill.

“We’d like to remind people to slow down, watch out for workers, and other vehicles,” he said.

Speed limits through the construction zone are 50 km/h.